"It's Show time"
Amazingly we have reached the end of another exciting year at Dedworth Middle. For me the end of this term is one of the most enjoyable as both pupils and staff, take great pleasure in the excitement the build up to Christmas and the end of term brings; as we can see from this week’s news.
Year 5 in particular has worked really hard on their performance for our Music Extravaganza that was “The three Little Pigs” – the Roald Dahl version. It was fantastic to see the School Hall full of very proud parents, many of you rightly expressed your praise for the quality of the children’s performance and commented on the fact that the children were given the opportunity to participate in such a traditional and amusing production.
Equally busy have been our year 7 girls as they have prepared for their performance at their very own Gym and Dance Show. The quality of the gym and dance on view was simply outstanding, coupled with brilliant and creative planning and choreography. Again both pupils and parents were justifiably very proud of their achievements. Massive thanks for all her hard work must go to Mrs O’Donnell and her team on producing such a first class show.
Christmas Fayre joy
The Fifth Dedworth Christmas Fayre was also a resounding success and certainly once again showcased the school at its very best. Thank you all for the fantastic support at this truly festive treat which managed to raise over £1900. And not forgetting the Christmas lunch which as usual proved a big hit with staff and pupils alike. With the staff dressing up and serving the pupils their lunch!
The end of this Christmas term unusually we also have to reluctantly say goodbye and thank you to a number of individuals. This Christmas Dedworth is bidding farewell to Mr Smallpage who is relocating back to his native Devon and taken a new post teaching in a Secondary setting in Plymouth. Mark has made a considerable contribution in the relative short time he has been at the school, proving himself as an excellent teacher and year 6 Co-ordinator. Outside of the world of Maths and English Mark has somehow found time to involve himself in a number of residential trips including- Year 6 PGL and Germany and also revived the school rugby team, instilling a real passion for this great sport in many of our pupils. His commitment and caring rapport has certainly brought the best out of so many of the pupils in his care. We all wish him well in his new job.
We are also saying farewell to Year 5 Co-ordinator and Teacher; Miss Emma Rainer. Emma has gained a most well deserved promotion as Assistant Head teacher in a Primary setting. Emma started her time here in 2010 initially as a Teaching assistant, before completed her GTP qualification. Since then Emma has developed into a truly outstanding teacher and year 5 Co-coordinator. Her commitment, high expectations and caring rapport has certainly brought the best out of so many of our pupils. I know that you will want to join me in thanking her for the fantastic contribution she has made to DMS. We all wish her well in her new job.
Finally we are saying goodbye to Mrs Paula Cornall who is leaving to embark on a well-deserved retirement. Paula has been one of our school teaching assistants for the last 16 years. During this time Paula has become a very skilled HLTA and worked closely developing and supporting both pupil’s academic and emotional needs. Paula has been a real asset to the school accompanying many staff and pupils on a wide range of Residential and day trips. Such commitment and will be sorely missed. We all wish Paula a very long and happy retirement.
Joining the Staff team as Year 5 and Year 6 teachers respectively are Mr Philip Kong and Malika Nathan. And boosting the support staff team are new teaching assistants Jenny Fell and Caroline Farago. All have been busy getting up to speed with the classes curriculum plans and individual needs and are eagerly looking forward to the start of the new term. To all of those leaving, we thank you for your hard work and loyalty and wish you well in the future.
To those joining, I know that you will welcome them and continue to show the level of support that we have grown used to at the school. It just remains for me to thank you all for your continued support this year and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017.
Stuart Muir and Graeme Aldous
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